Moulin de La Roque is located in the charming village of La Cadière-d'Azur, nestled in the hills of Bandol, facing the vast Mediterranean Sea. Established in 1950 as a cellar where vintners from Saint Cyr, Sanary and La Cadière could age their red wines, Moulin de La Roque began producing its own wines as a cooperative in 1964 (and today includes 198 winegrowers). With vineyard holdings that span 754 acres across eight communes, Moulin de La Roque wines are made by blending grapes from disparate parcels, each showcasing its own unique terroir. Bandol’s climate and terroir is suited to growing a variety of red grapes thanks in part to its shape which resembles a natural amphitheater; the surrounding range of mountains and hills help protect the vineyards from ‘Le Mistral’, or the strong northerly wind blowing through Southern France, while intense rainfalls and hot and dry summers are regulated by the maritime influence of the Mediterranean Sea. While 50% of Moulin de La Roque’s vineyards are planted to Mourvèdre, they also grow Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan for their red and rosé wines and Clairette and Ugni Blanc for the whites.
This 2017 Bandol rosé is named ‘Les Galets’ or ‘The Pebbles’ in reference to the limestone pebbles which cover the vineyard’s soil, imparting a lively mineral note to the wine. Comprised of 50% Mourvèdre, 40% Grenache, 6% Cinsault and 4% Syrah, this light salmon-colored rosé is intoxicating in perfume with notes of said limestone, ruby red grapefruit, jasmine, and guava. The fleshy and layered, medium-bodied palate shows candied watermelon, mandarin, more of that juicy tropical guava and an evolving wet stone minerality that carries through to the incredibly long finish. The acidity is so bright it is almost piercing, yet there is enough ripe fruit and texture to balance it out. The vivid fruit and mineral notes makes this a perfect pairing for a tuna Niçoise salad, smoked salmon or grilled swordfish!